One Hell Of A Christmas

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror

Though this horror import fluctuates in intensity, it warrants the attention of genre fans with its far-out story line about a supernatural talisman that releases an addictive drug. Carlitos (Tolo Montana) bids adios to a Nevada prison, vowing to go straight for the sake of his young son. But his resolve runs up against the old neighborhood, where felonies...read more

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Though this horror import fluctuates in intensity, it warrants the attention of genre fans with its far-out story line about a supernatural talisman that releases an addictive drug. Carlitos (Tolo Montana) bids adios to a Nevada prison, vowing to go straight for the sake of his young son. But his resolve runs up against the old neighborhood, where felonies are rampant and Carlitos's best friend, Mikey (Thore Lindhardt), is a career criminal. Crooked antique collector Ibrahim (Zlatko Buric) illegally purchases stolen artifacts from a smuggler known as the Englishman (Pat Kelman), and to Ibrahim's delight, the Englishman sells him a black magical claw that emits a euphoric drug. What the Englishman neglects to mention is that he lifted the priceless item from his employer, Satan (Erik Holmey)! Mikey tries to break into Ibrahim's digs but runs smack dab into a fracas between Ibrahim and Lucifer, who's mad enough to kill and does. While Beelzebub vents his rage, Mikey lifts Satan's geegaw and vamooses. Mikey quickly learns that the powder not only elevates your mood but also enables you to kick butt. After defeating some street thugs, Mikey shares his claw powder with Carlitos. As Mikey and Carlitos get higher and higher, Old Scratch assumes several forms and visits the doped-up duo. No matter what shape or size Lucifer assumes, these two stumblebums are no match for the Prince of Darkness. After retrieving his magic claw, the Devil's in an ornery mood; can either Mikey or Carlitos escape without forfeiting his soul? To give the devil his due, this slasher film bears flashes of cinematic panache that suggest the writer-director should take himself more seriously — if the demonic assaults weren't so gratuitously camped up, this might have been a truly promising genre debut.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Though this horror import fluctuates in intensity, it warrants the attention of genre fans with its far-out story line about a supernatural talisman that releases an addictive drug. Carlitos (Tolo Montana) bids adios to a Nevada prison, vowing to go straig… (more)

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